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May 7, 2014

City man to be tried on child porn charges

Staples workers found fileson computer left for repairs

HAVERHILL — A 31-year-old Haverhill man charged with possessing and distributing child pornography is headed to trial this month in federal court.

David Keith was charged last year following an investigation by New Hampshire and Massachusetts local and state police. The investigation began after workers at a Staples store in Plaistow discovered files containing children involved in sexual activity on a computer Keith left there for repairs, police said.

Christina Dilorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said the case has been scheduled for trial May 27 at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston. A final pretrial conference is scheduled May 15, Dilorio-Sterling said.

The Staples workers contacted police about the files, and an investigation that turned up other information led to charges, investigators said.

Besides the computer files, the federal case against Keith also relies on December 2009 report by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that was submitted to the Massachusetts State Police cyber tip line, according to documents on file at U.S. District Court in Boston.The tip line information indicated that a computer linked to Keith’s Haverhill address was likely the source of an email file that contained child pornography, court papers said.

The court papers are related to a Nov. 5, 2013 decision by U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. denying Keith’s request that the court suppress certain physical evidence found by police in a 2010 search of Keith’s home, as well as statements Keith made to investigators.

A prior decision in the case by Judge O’Toole said Keith admitted to New Hampshire investigators that the computer at the Staples store in Plaistow was his, and that he had viewed and downloaded files depicting images of children as young as 8 years old engaging in sexual activity.

Massachusetts State Police searched Keith’s home on Sept. 17, 2010, after they were contacted by New Hampshire police who were investigating the Staples computer, court papers said.

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